Steve Hilton discusses Coronavirus as a 2020 election issue

Facts about promises made and promises kept by President Trump regarding Coronavirus

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Steve Hilton: The [2020] election is a choice, not just between two people, but between two visions of America and to policy agendas. So every Sunday between now and November 3rd we will set out the choice on a different aspect of what’s at stake. With the issue that has dominated everything this year, coronavirus. Here’s the choice based on the facts. As we all know the virus started in China, initially denied, then cover up, before Xi Jinping let the virus spread around the world even as he’s raising shutdown travel within China. Here as we know President Trump understood how serious this was, but there’s a massive point missing from the media’s hysterical misinformation over the Woodward book. Yes, the president’s public statements were designed to avoid panic, so we’re Dr. Fauci’s, the CDC’s , even the Biden campaigns. They warned as late as mid-February about a fear epidemic. The Democrats now say Trump wasted two months doing nothing, really? Let’s do a little fact check, you know, the kind they love over CNN.

Jake Tapper: Three questions, but many more lies by President Trump including when he talked about Hillary Clinton giving money to Andrew McCabe’s wife. That is not an accurate description of what happened in that situation at all and we could go on and on.

Steve Hilton: That was Jake Tapper immediately after a trump press conference last week. Later in that same show Joe Biden said this about Trump.

Joe Biden: He wave a white flag, he walked away. He didn’t do a damn thing. Think about it. Think about what he did not do, and it almost criminal.

Steve Hilton: He didn’t do a damn thing! Really? On January 29th the president set up the coronavirus task force to lead a coordinated Federal response. On January 31st he banned travel from China. On February 6th and issued emergency rules on infection control throughout the nation’s Healthcare facilities. On February 24th he went to Congress for emergency funding. On October 29th he expanded travel restrictions. Days later he ripped up the rulebook to sort out the testing fiasco created by the bungling CDC. If the president hadn’t gotten the private sector in at top speed, with Biden would probably still be waiting on his precious government bureaucracy to get it done. Instead we have by far the most tests in the world, and even on test for a population, we’re second only to Denmark. Let’s continue. On March the 13th President Trump declared a national emergency just 48 hours after a global pandemic was declared. The same day he imposed new restrictions to protect nursing homes. On March 16th the president mobilize the whole country against the virus, 15 days to slow the spread. That was before shutdowns were announced in the UK, in France, even New Zealand, which our media holds up for having the perfect response. On March 17th the president lifted restrictions to put on Telemedicine to help protect seniors. On March 18th invoked the Defense Production Act to make sure we didn’t run out of the hospital masks. We needed more PPP so he launched Project Airbridge flying shipments of supplies in days instead of months. We needed more capacity so it within days hospitals were built, ships were sent, in the end not even used. We needed ventilators didn’t get one and so the president again invoked the Defense Production Act to get them made here in America. Not a single person who needed a ventilator didn’t get one and now we’re sending them to other countries. We needed effective treatments, so Trump secured more than half-a-million courses of Remdesivir. Whatever we needed, Trump and his team got, and no, that is not FOX news state TV propaganda, it’s these guys

Andrew Cuomo: The federal government stepped up and was a great partner and I’m the first one to say it. We needed help and they were there.

Gavin Newsom: Conversation, commitment, promise made, promise kept.

Steve Hilton: And again, no, they weren’t just saying it to suck up to Trump so they get stuff for that state, either.

Gavin Newsom: I’m not doing it to kiss the ring. I’m not doing it in a way, you know, that, I’m just being forthright with the President. He, he returns calls, he reaches out, he’s been proactive.

Steve Hilton: Thanks to the Trump administration’s unprecedented mobilization, we face this virus better equipped, with better treatment, than any other country, and you can see the effects of that in the case fatality rate. Here in America it was lower than in any other major country, half as much as Spain’s, a quarter of the UK’s, lower than France, lower than Denmark, lower than than Germany, held up is the best in the world. All this and we haven’t even mentioned Operation Warp Speed which could be the biggest deal of all. In the past it took years to develop a vaccine, President Trump made this a priority from the start. He got the industry together, he cut through the bureaucracy, he made sure the financial incentives were right. If there’s one moment when it really made a difference having a businessman in the White House, this was it. As a result we can have a vaccine in weeks. These are the facts, preposterously described by Joe as doing nothing. And here was Jake Tapper’s fact check on that blatant Biden lie.

Joe Biden: He didn’t do a damn thing. Think about it. Think about what he did not do and it’s almost criminal.

Jack Tapper: Woodward also reports that Former Defense Secretary James Mattis said the Trump quote “has no moral compass”.

Steve Hilton: What’s criminal is the way these so-called journalist are part of the Biden campaign. They won’t tell you the facts and that’s why we’re doing it here. We laid out for you the Trump Administration’s actions, but the ultimate test is the impact. The media and the Democrats want you to look at the number of cases, but that’s obviously misleading and mostly measures testing and as we’ve seen we test more than anybody. We’re told relentlessly that America’s outbreak is the worst in the world, that Trump caused by summer spike. Interesting, that Trump also caused the summer spikes in Spain, in France, in the UK and saintly Germany, in New Zealand, literally everywhere they’ve lifted lockdowns, and all we really the worst in the world? by Biden aids on TV, like Chuck Todd and Jake Tapper, say we have 5% of the world population that 25% of the deaths. That is dishonest misinformation anti-Trump propaganda. Their calculation includes countries like China and India or Africa with vast populations where you can’t trust the data either because they deliberately lie or their health systems are inadequate. A fair and honest comparison is deaths per population. Here’s the Johns Hopkins data. Were doing better than most multiple major countries including the UK, Spain, and Italy. But America is bigger and more decentralized. The virus response here has varied state-by-state. Add them in and get a very different picture. The worst corona response in the world was New Jersey, run by Democrats, followed closely by New York, run by a democrat, Cuomo, who has the gull to be publishing a book next month as he takes a victory lap on the graves of the thousands of elderly New York is he condemned to death by sending covid patients into their nursing homes. And, oh look, it’s Republican states the media loves to criticize, which have much lower rates. But, if there is one measure that gives the truest picture of America’s overall performance, it is the proportion of excess deaths of the normal years and on that measure, the real measure, how many people died compared to a normal year. We’re not the worst in the world. We’re not even close to being the worst. We have, in fact, done better than nearly every major country.

But an election is a choice. How would Biden handle something like this? When he faced a pandemic of a highly infectious disease H1 N1, he kept the boarders wide-open. No surprise that he opposed President Trump’s China travel ban in January. Biden is so frightened of being called a racist by the Democrat woke activist, he couldn’t protects us against foreign threats. He couldn’t get their vaccines either. Last time he promised a hundred million doses, but delivered just a tenth of that. Fortunately H1 N1 was much less deadly than coronavirus, but completely lost control of it, as his top aid, Ron Klain admits.

Ron Klain: We did every possible thing wrong and it’s 60 million Americans go H1N1 in that period of time and it’s just purely a fortuity that this isn’t one of the great mass casualty events in American history and nothing to do with us doing anything right, just had to do with luck.

Steve Hilton: If H1N1 had been as deadly as coronavirus the Biden death toll would have been close to two million, not 200,000, two million. And this year, one month after President Trump set up the coronavirus taskforce, banned China travel and the rest of it, one month later, on the night of his decisive South Carolina victory, out of 1418 words in his victory speech, where he talks about guns and a Obamacare and a bunch of other issues, out of 1418 words, guess how many Biden spent on the pandemic? Zero, didn’t even mention it. So on the facts, on their records, Trump beats Biden.

But the election is a choice about future plans. Let’s compare. Biden has announced the plan to make sure no one would pay for getting coronavirus treatment, invoke the Defense Production Act to manufacture essential equipment and put a command officer in charge of the vaccine distribution plan. Every single one of those Trump has done or is doing. But there are differences. Instead of speeding up vaccine development by ripping up your work receipt, Biden is it about increasing it. In his platform with Bernie, 19 separate proposals to increase government regulation and bureaucratic control of pharmaceuticals. Biden wants universal nationwide mask wearing, including outdoors. That’s not justified by the science, it is entirely political. They say Trump killed people because he didn’t show a lead on masks. But many countries have less mask wearing than we do, even though it was encouraged. Is that Trump’s fault too. Some of the countries where mask wearing was least common, have some of the best results like Australia. Biden also wants uniform nationwide standards.

Joe Biden: We need real plans, real guidelines, with uniform nationwide standings.

Steve Hilton: That is insane. There is something called the Constitution. We believe in federalism. Different states have wildly different circumstances, Biden wants to impose the worst rules everywhere. Kamala’s California chaos coast to coast and finally, of course, this.

Host: So if the scientist say, “shut it down”?

Joe Biden: I would shut it down.

Steve Hilton: Of course he would, he’s a Democrat, he wants to control everything. These capricious pseudo-scientific shut down rules, they aren’t about controlling the virus, there about controlling you. It was supposed to be about flattening the curve. Biden would flatten the economy and flatten society too, keeping the schools closed because the Democrats are owned by the teacher’s unions. The pain and heartbreak of small businesses closed, health problems untreated, opiods, domestic violence, child abuse, ten times the life years lost to the shutdowns, lost to the virus itself, according to the data. That’s what you would get from Biden, more misery, more pain, and a lot more government as they eagerly swoop in to take the place of the economy and society they crushed. That is the choice on coronavirus, with Trump supporting the states and opening the economy, and Biden second-guessing the states and shut it down, open the schools, or keep them shut, private-sector energy, or government bureaucracy, a second Trump boom, or another recession with the Biden shut down. 

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